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Quality of life in palliative care: principles and practice 

Quality of life in palliative care: principles and practice
Quality of life in palliative care: principles and practice

Stein Kaasa

and Jon Håvard Loge

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date: 24 January 2022

To improve or sustain patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is the main goal of palliative care. In health care, HRQOL encompasses a range of components that are measurable and related to health, disease, illness, and medical interventions. Another term, patient-reported outcome (PRO), is used and understood as any measure that collects responses directly from the patients and measures any aspect of patients’ health status that is reported by the patients without any interpretation by health-care providers or family members. The selection of PRO-instruments (questionnaires) is recommended to follow a sequential approach. Define overall aim(s), define the research question(s), agree upon the key outcome(s), and select the appropriate set of questions/questionnaires guided by the primary and secondary outcomes. In general, it is recommended to use a HRQOL measure of generic or disease-specific character and supplement it with domain-specific measure(s) (such as measurement of fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, etc.) reflecting the purpose(s) of the data collection.

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